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By Doug Bandow, Cato Institute Last month, President Donald Trump announced his outrage at Cuba's poor human rights record. On his recent Mideast trip the president did not even mention the issue in totalitarian Saudi Arabia. But of Cuba, he declared: "We will not be silent in the face of Com- munist oppression any longer." A cynic might observe that more Cuban-Americans than Saudi-Americans voted for him last November. Cuba has been on Washington's "bad" list since Fidel Castro's revolutionaries took power n 1959. The island would have been of little geopolitical impor- tance had Castro not turned to the Soviet Union for Support in the Cold War. Washington feared a hostile base so near and targeted the regime. Instead of disappearing into obscurity as his impoverished nation floundered, Castro gained inter- national acclaim by posing as the heroic opponent of Yanqui imperialism. His government relied on Soviet subsidies for sustenance, but survived, with difficulty, even after the USSR dissolved. Castro reluctantly adopted modest economic reforms to attract more for- eign cash and spur more domestic enterprise. Retuming to yesterday's failed policies of isola- tion will not free the Cuban people. Cuban Communism's record is dismal. When I visited (legally) a dozen years ago, I found crum- bling infrastructure, homes which hadn't seen paint in decades, cars held together with wire and tape, and seemingly half the population touting cigars stolen from state factories. But the elite lived well: in fine homes behind high walls, with luxury cars in drive- ways, serving lobster and other fine foods to guests, and deploying guard dogs for security. 1"he U.S. economic embargo failed to overly disturb Castro & Co. Europeans invested in Cuba; I stayed at a Dutch hotel. Hard currency stores were full of foreign goods. Fidel Castro remained in charge, along with brother Ranl and other aging revolutionar- ies. None of them had to produce a ration book to eat. Dissidents complained that the regime covered up its economic failures by blaming the embargo. When I visited Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz, who had been imprisoned by Castro, he told me that the "sanctions policy gives the government a good alibi to justify the failure of the totalitarian model iri Cuba." In the face of this reality, American policy was brain dead, determined by a diminishing number of hardline Cuban-Americans who opposed any soften- ing of sanctions. U.S. policy illustrated the definition of insanity: doing more of the same while expecting a different result. Younger Cuban-Americans, who spent their entire lives in the U.S. and had few, if any, mem- ories of Cuba, increasingly questioned the embargo. However, rabid proponents of the half-century-old restrictions still delivered a sizeable vote in Florida, one of the nation's biggest pools of electoral votes. President Barack Obama did little about the issue Until shortly before leaving office. Then he established diplomatic relations with Havana and relaxed restric- tions on travel and business, though he lacked legal authority to lift the embargo. In his typical fact-free approach, President Trump last week criticized "the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba." The U.S. had diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, Eastern European nations, and assorted Third World dictator- ships throughout the Cold War. An embassy is a com- munication channel, not a political endorsement. Moreover, trade and investment benefit both sides economically. Commerce with freer societies also tends to destabilize authoritarian regimes, encouraging economic and political liberalization. Trade links and economic growth helped spur democratization in such nations as Mexico, South Korea, and Yaiwan. Of course, economic liberalization does not guarantee political transformation. The (Radl) Castro regime is aware of the risks and intensified repres- sion of political dissidents and religious believers. But communism's appeal is dwindling. Alas, returning to yesterday's failed policies of isolation will not free the Cuban people. The Castro government worries most about regime preservation. The elite will not end repression to satisfy Washing- ton, even if doing so might bring in a few more tourist dollars. But President Trump's retreat will hurt the island's growing private sector. When informed of the Trump administration's plans, a waitress complained to the Washington Post: "We're the ones who are going to lose." There will be fewer American tourists and the ones who still come will be pushed toward govern- ment-approved tours and guides, going where the Castro regime wants them to. There will be fewer U.S. enterprises and less contact between Americans and Cubans. Citizens in the "land of the free" will lack travel opportunities available to Europeans, South Americans, and most everyone else in the world. Trump's policy will end up strengthening Castro's communist dictatorship. The system will stagger on a few years longer, despite the embargo. The presidential campaign is over. President Trump should do what is best for both the American and Cuban people, and end economic restrictions on the island. Freedom eventually will come to Cuba. Flooding the island with foreign people and money would make that day arrive sooner. Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. The Clarendon Enterprise July6, 2017 you Not so many years ago, when children were asked to do household chores, they might register resistance with beginning letters of four words - "TNMJ?' (That's Not My Job.) Such requests made these days might just as well be directed to tele- phone poles, since most children have "buds" in their ears, choosing to listen to sounds more soothing or entertaining than parental verbiage. But wait. The point of this piece is for yours truly, and for other men who realize that when DIY (Do It Yourself) comes up in conversations, we're better off to respond with "TNMJ." The plea this day is for "unhandy" men (like me) to put "opportunities" for DIY aside. Call someone, maybe even ABS (Anyone But Self) .... ***** We gulp down the "Kool-Aid" from folks with something to sell. They fool us, saying we need You Tube, a few tools and an hour or so for most repairs. Horse feathers. After all, the song reminds us of summertime, when the living is easy, etc. Mount a project, and life hardens. We take on projects that "encourag- ers" say any child can do. Alas, at this point we should pinch ourselves, thus reminded - yet again - that money, time and frustration can be saved by CALL- ING A PROFESSIONAL... ***** We need only recall "DIY blun- ders" of the past'to serve as warnings to "steer clear." We should think of DIY "opportunities" as buoys - bobbing in shallow water- warning us of jagged edges nearby that can pull us down. onna call .=~;iii~ii!ii:iii Painful as it is to admit, I attemptingtUres'usreCallmisadven-nenUmer-f to increase the the idle tension mecha- ***** We were away 10 days of the bill- ing period, but a springtime water bill was $322, and the next one, not much better. Plumbers, sprinkler system people and City of Budeson water department folks tried to help. They found nothing wrong. (Hint: nism of our american The commode lid wasn't "up") garage door. I by don newbury That's when I called the Mansfield over-tightened plumbing people - almost tearfully - it, and it took to share my plight. The lady soothed, three people to explaining - before I could - what likely "hold it down" until the tension could be had gone wrong. "I'm guessing the disengaged. (Let fly, and the double door raised commode lid prevents the flushing might have sailed a half-block down the handle from resting against the tank," street.) she purred. "Often, the wrong handle Then there's the lost weekend given is unable to shut off the supply, and the to laying brick columns for installa- water continues to run"... tion of a wrought iron gate. It worked ***** - somewhat - and I thought the leaning MY blood pressure shot skyward. columns gave our property "character." No one had considered the possibility of (If I'd just known to "vinegar wash" the problem she immediately solved. mortar from my hands properly, there'd She lectured me about the impor- have been fewer blisters.).., tance of getting the RIGHT parts, and ** ** * competence of the person installing Somehow, we think that later in them. "There's no law against some life we can do better with "DIY." Again, sales guy saying, 'Yeah, these parts will don't drink the Kool-Aid. fit fine'." Earlier this year, I noticed the water Much now is right with the world. in the commode in our second bathroom A son-in-law who can fix anything will didn't always turn off without a "jiggle." be in town soon. He'll install genuine Stupid me! I invested several hours, Mansfield parts. In the meantime, the considerable cash and much anguish, commode will be turned off. Now, believing the guy at the hardware store my wife will turn on the sprinkler who said all the new "innards" would system again. The lawn is looking a bit work fine my commode tank. Time will brown .... tell if this is correct; a new "outard" part ***** absolutely does not. The dratted flush Dr. Newbury Is a speaker in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Inquiries/comments to: handle is several silly millimeters too, Phone: 817- uh, thick - sticking out too far from the 447-3872. Web site: www.speakerdoc.eom. tank .... Teenage Jerry French of Lufldn had a dis- tinguished military career as a pilot, then was an executive for three major airlines. Among other accomplishments he dispatched the Concorde on its flights between the US and Europe. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Colorado and ran away from home when he was 14. His brother and sister also ran away from home as teenagers. "We couldn't get along with our stepmother," says Jerry. He went to Liberal, Kansas and found an attic apartment in a private home for ten dollars a month. "I was working the wheat harvest," says Jerry. "I left home the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school. During my junior year I washed pots and pans at Safeway grocery for fifteen cents an hour. I did that from three in the morning until nine, then walked a few blocks to school. After school I milked cows at a dairy. We'd put the milk in glass bottles with card- board caps and deliver it to doorsteps in town for seven cents a quart. Bread was five cents a loaf. Day old bread was two loaves for a nickel?' preneur During his senior year in high school he leased a service station. "I sold gas for twelve and fourteen cents a gallon. I leased that station for nine months, just ~!!i ~i~!~ ~ !ili i!iii!iiiiiil iil iii!!iiiill ~iiiiiiiiiiiiil;iii i ~ii;iiii ~i ~l~i;i iiiiiiii:iii ii!!iiii stories of texas by tumbleweed smith during my senior year in high school. I made out OK. I slept in the service sta- tion on a cot. I left the lights on all night and truckers would stop at two o'clock in the morning and wake me up with their air horns. I gave truckers a half cent a gallon discount." He went to school only from nine in the morning until noon, and still built enough credits to graduate-at the age of 16. He was doing so well with the service station he bought a 1928 Chevy convertible for twenty dollars. "It was a roadster with a rumble seat, so I was pretty popular in high school." After graduating in 1941 he sold that convertible for thirty dollars. "Made a good profit," says Jerry. He joined the military in June of 1941 at the age ofl6. He wrote the number 18 on a piece of paper and put it in his shoe. "I knew the recruiter would ask about my age. I was big and healthy, didn't smoke or drink. I was a farm boy and had a lot of muscles that made me look older. The recruiter asked me ifI was over 18. I said yes. He didn't ask me ifI was over 18 years old he asked me ifI was over 18. I was standing over the number 18 that was in my shoe. That's how I got into the service,' Jerry had seen some B-17's flying overhead and decided he wanted to be a pilot. He was sent to Kelly Field in San Antonio where pilots are trained. When he told a sergeant he wanted to be a pilot he was given a shovel and told to 'pile it here, pile it there.' Two years of college were required to become a pilot so Jerry enrolled in college and became eligible for pilot training when he was 18. By 19 he was crew chief on a B-17. He was the youngest crewmember. The oldest was 23 and was known as "Pop." E~ CLARENDON 1~" 140th Year, Series 3, VoI. XXVII, No. 27 The Clarendon Enterprise (USPS g47040, ISSN 1088-9698) is published each Thursday by Roger A. EsUack at 105 9. Kearney Street, Clarendon, Texas 79226-1110. Periodicals postage paid at Clarendon, Texas 79226-1110. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. 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